By Victor Skinner
CHICAGO – Syndicated columnist Esther J. Cepeda recently took a poke at “activist teachers” who use their bully pulpit in the classroom to preach liberal political views to children.
Cepeda gets to the meat of the issue with activist teachers, who “believe that part of teaching involves teaching students about the injustices of the world and how to challenge them – which is fine, I suppose, if you happen to see eye-to-eye and heart-to-heart with a teacher’s social and political beliefs.
“The problem is that it can be tough to spot a difference between a teacher who appropriately supports student efforts to exercise citizenship responsibilities taught in civics classes from one who serves as the impetus for an act of advocacy,” Cepeda writes.
“And it’s not like teacher preparation programs routinely train new educators on how to teach critical thinking by addressing controversial current events and other tough topics relevant to academic subject matter, with unbiased facts that represent all sides of an argument. Such guidance usually isn’t a staple of teacher orientation at schools, either.
“Given that, for the most part, when teachers mold young minds behind closed doors, you have to wonder how any lessons can be slanted when presented by an activist teacher who feels it is part of his or her mission as an educator to pass their politics on to students,” she wrote.
The column quoted Kyle Olson, publisher of EAGnews.org.
Cepeda noted that Olson has documented numerous examples of left-wing political indoctrination by activist teachers in public school classrooms across the country in his recent book, “Indoctrination: How ‘Useful Idiots’ Are Using Our Schools to Subvert American Exceptionalism.”
Olson offered some simple advice for public school parents struggling with the issue, which Cededa relayed to her substantial audience.
“Parents need to be engaged in the learning process,” Olson said. “They need to ask their kids ‘What happened at school today?’ ‘What’s your homework?’ ‘What videos did you watch today?’ If you’re concerned, you need to find out more – nothing will change until parents complain.”
Cepeda’s original piece appeared in the Wisconsin State Journal, as well as numerous other newspapers and websites across the country.